Amagansett Under the Cap

The Amagansett School District will present a $10.47 million 2014-15 budget to district voters on May 20. The school board unanimously approved the proposed budget at a meeting on April 8.

The budget represents a 1-percent increase over the previous year, said Eleanor Tritt, the superintendent. “Our tax levy cap was 1.01 percent. Our actual levy is a 1-percent increase, so we’re just under the tax cap,” she told the board. “We feel that it is a very reasonable budget. We were able to keep under the cap by having an agreement with the teachers union to freeze the teachers’ salaries for this year, which went a very long way in us being able to maintain all of our programs.”

The 2014-15 tax levy, at $8,798,651, represents 84 percent of total revenues for the upcoming school year. Total expenditures rose $255,383. “We’re very pleased,” Ms. Tritt said.

Victoria Handy, the board’s president, thanked her colleagues for their efforts.

An informational session on the budget will be held on May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

At the board’s meeting yesterday, Ms. Tritt recommended that the board approve the administrative budget for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) for 2014-15. The board voted unanimously to approve the budget, and also cast votes for five BOCES board candidates. Anne Mackesey of the Sag Harbor School District, Walter Denzler of the Three Village School District, Susan Lipman of the West Islip School District, William Miller of the Longwood School District, and Catherine Romano of the Islip School District each received one vote from the board.